WSU hires UW prof to lead nutrition, exercise degree program

Duncan-Glen_headSPOKANE, Wash. – Glen E. Duncan, Ph.D., former associate professor and graduate program coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Washington, has been named chair of the program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane.

Duncan had been a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences at UW since 2003.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to attract a scientist and educator of Dr. Duncan’s caliber to take the helm of our Nutrition and Exercise Program,” said John Roll, professor and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs & Research. “Given the fundamental importance of nutrition and exercise to health it is crucial that we continue strengthening our teaching and research in these areas.”


Duncan noted his delight at joining the faculty “at this very exciting time with the buzz around the new medical school and the new opportunities constantly sprouting up” around the Health Sciences Spokane campus. “My background is in exercise physiology and the program at WSU is unique because our students get training in both clinical dietetics and exercise physiology, preparing them to become registered dietitians and certified exercise specialists.”

Duncan received his doctorate in education with a concentration in exercise science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN, in 1997; his BS from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in physical education; and his MS in physical education with a concentration in exercise physiology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Following his PhD training, Duncan was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Florida, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, before starting his faculty appointment at the University of Washington.

WSU’s Nutrition and Exercise Physiology degree focuses on the effects of nutrition and exercise on human health. The interdisciplinary program combines study in exercise science, human nutrition, biological sciences, and social and psychological sciences with hands-on clinical experience.

The program is co-located in Pullman and Spokane. The first two years, focusing on general education and science prerequisites, are taught in Pullman. The junior- and senior-year courses are taught in Spokane, where the University’s close relationship with major medical centers provides unique opportunities for clinical experience.


Terren Roloff, WSU Spokane Communications,, 509-758-7527